CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A film that focuses on a transgender teen from Charlotte is gaining a lot of attention at the GayCharlotte Film Festival.
Blake Brockington, who was named East Mecklenburg High School’s Homecoming King in 2014, committed suicide in March.
The documentary focuses on Brockington’s life just after he was crowned homecoming king, according to WBTV.
He was best known for the “Die In” protest he organized in 2014 at the South Park mall.
The film is meant to bring awareness and understanding to the transgender community.
Throughout the past few weeks, the transgender community has been in the spotlight because of Bruce Jenner’s transition from male to female.
Friday night alone, more than 16 million people tuned in to watch Jenner’s interview with Dianne Sawyer.
Jenner’s announcement made him among the highest-profile people to come out publicly as transgender.
Recently, the Charlotte City Council and LGBT activists debated changes to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.
LGBT activists focused on the issue of which bathroom transgender people could use in public places, according to WBTV.
Charlotte Pride’s Matt Comer told WBTV that any time a transgender celebrity comes forward it helps educate people about transgender people and the challenges they face.
“It creates an open door for other people to say look there’s a person just like me who is experiencing the same kind of journey I’m experiencing,” Comer told WBTV. “If they have the courage to come out then maybe I have the courage to come too. And even if they don’t come out at least they know they are not the only ones.”